Category Archives: Irving Scholars

Area scholarship winners create art that reflects life

The art of life is reflected in the art of music, painting, drawing, sculpture and writing, created by talented students who attend one of the seven colleges in the Dallas County Community College District. Their efforts have earned scholarships funded by the DCCCD Foundation and named to honor a family whose members have helped students build rewarding lives.
Students who either attend North Lake College or who live in the Irving area were honored. They are: Arjoon K.C. of Irving, North Lake College, and Alaina Tompkins of Colleyville, North Lake College.
K.C., Tompkins and 12 other students recently were recognized during a special event at El Centro College that included an exhibit of works by visual arts students, plus a stage performance that featured music and writing awardees.

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Irving-Las Colinas Chamber Women’s Alliance awards scholarships

Associate Superintendent of Academic Services for Irving ISD Melody Paschall talked about current events in Irving ISD and gave an overview of the districts high school programs at the Women’s Alliance luncheon at LaCima Club in Las Colinas on May 15. Also at the luncheon, the group, which is part of the Irving/Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, awarded two $1,500 scholarships to Irving ISD students.
“Last year we decided to help the Irving Schools Foundation as a way we give back to the community with a scholarship,” said Tamara Fulcher, chairwoman of the Women’s Alliance.
The scholarships went to Quynhthy Tran from Irving High School and Patricia Izaguirre from Cardwell Career and Prep Center.

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Akcali honored at Hendrix College Honors Convocation

Christopher Kemal Akcali of Irving received the Earle A. Spessard Biology Award at the 2013 Honors Day Convocation this spring at Hendrix College. Akcali is a senior biology major at Hendrix.
Akcali graduated from Hendrix College on May 11 at the College’s 129th commencement ceremony receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology.
Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education.
Source: Hendrix College

Awards recognize excellence in high school musicals

The prospect of 700 excited kids jumping around in a packed theater would frighten the most stalwart of educators, but that was exactly what happened in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Hall the evening of May 23. Although not as rowdy as it might sound, Lyric Stage’s annual Schmidt and Jones Awards, a scholarship program for high school musical theater, was a boisterous affair. Friends and family cheered and hollered as Lyric Stage honored the brightest and most talented in North Texas high school musical theater.
“It’s a great time for these students – many of them are not recognized for anything else,” said Steven Jones, Lyric Stage’s Founding Producer. “Some of them are athletes and some of them are involved in other things, but most of the focus on awards in high school is on athletics or band.

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Irving Fire Foundation recognizes 2013 IFF Scholars

The Irving Fire Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2013 IFF Scholarship competition.

In addition to other scholastic awards and service programs, the foundation provides ten scholarships each year to the children of Irving firefighters. Students compete for these awards based upon academic performance, community or civic involvement, and demonstrated leadership ability. This legacy program honors our hometown heroes by empowering the future of families and their communities through the scholastic advancement of their children.

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Recognizing outstanding community service

Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey congratulates Matthew Draeger, 16, of Pairs (center) and Eric Curl, 14, of Flower Mound (right) on being named Texas’ top two youth volunteers for 2013 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Matthew and Eric were honored at a ceremony on May 5 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, where each received a $1,000 award.
Source: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Greater Dallas Restaurant Association awards scholarships to culinary students

The Greater Dallas Restaurant Association (GDRA) awarded culinary students $72,000 in scholarships April 24 at the 2013 GDRA Scholarship Dinner at 3015 Trinity Groves.
The Greater Dallas Restaurant Association Scholarship Fund granted the scholarships to 19 deserving students enter either the post-secondary culinary or restaurant management education. Leaders in the restaurant industry fund the scholarships and present the awards to the students at the annual dinner.

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Foundation provides scholarships to children of Irving police officers, civilian workers

The Pat Mathers Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to students who are children of police officers and civilians working for the Irving Police Department. Education is the cornerstone to a prosperous future as well as a strong community with strong community leaders. It is our hope that no child will be separated from a quality education due to financial hardship.
Essay Topic:
“Tell one story about yourself that would best provide us, either directly or indirectly, with an insight into the kind of person you are. For example, the story can simply relate to a personal experience, or a humorous anecdote; it can tell about an especially significant academic encounter or about an unusual test of character. The possibilities are unlimited.”
Apply online at www.viareal.com . Application deadline is June 27.

Irving HS graduates

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Salutatorian encourages parents to show children that learning is fun

Irving High School salutatorian Silvia Casarez Alvarez, the daughter of Gilberto and Maria Casarez, will attend University of Texas at Dallas next fall.

She chose UT Dallas because it has a good engineering program, and its acceptance rate to medical school is high.

“My mom is my role model because she raised me by herself, and I believe that she did an outstanding job,” Alvarez said. “I hope one day I can provide her with all the things she has provided me.

“Since I was in elementary school, my now deceased brother encouraged me to get the highest grades I could get. He is my motivation.”

She said parents can help their children achieve top honors.

“I believe that if you start teaching a child how amazing learning new things is, they will grow [up] liking it,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez received the Academic Excellence Scholarship that will pay for her tuition and books. She also earned the Inelda Alaniz $1,000 Scholarship.

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